Changes In Funding Make Your Support Even More Critical

HUD Funding decreases as demand for services grows 
FHCMD has been working hard all year investigating claims of housing discrimination and training home seekers, landlords and management agents on fair housing laws. To date, we have over 160 new claims and have made presentations to over 4,000 people. But unfortunately, as demand for our services increases, our HUD funding is decreasing.
In recent congressional action, numerous Fair Housing Centers around the nation have been subjected to a reduction in funds from HUD ranging from $12,000 to $25,000 for the next year. Senator Sherrod Brown (D, Ohio) obtained a response from HUD regarding the explanation of the cut. The House Report apparently forced the sum of $7,000,000 to be applied for the purpose of EDUCATION and OUTREACH. In the final analysis, each of the Fair Housing Centers nationwide that investigate, test and litigate are now forced to a limit of $300,000. The House Report language for the FY16 continuing resolution, which sets a floor on EOI funding, is available through the link below.
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Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
FY14 Private Enforcement Initiative –
Multi-Year Component - $300,000.00
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit (FHCMD) will use its grant to conduct the following fair housing related enforcement activities: recruit and train testers; conduct complaint intake; assist individuals in filing complaints with HUD or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR); refer complaints to HUD; conduct complaint based tests including rental, sales, and tests of mortgage lenders, and conduct systemic tests of housing providers in the metropolitan Detroit area. FHCMD anticipates receiving and investigating a number of complaints of discrimination involving affordable rental housing primarily involving properties in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. These will be complaints alleging discrimination based on any of the characteristics protected under the Fair Housing Act or substantially equivalent fair housing laws. Testing will be conducted in relation to those complaints, complainants will be advised of their right to file their complaint with HUD, and, if adequate evidence of unlawful treatment is present some complainants will choose to be referred to attorneys.